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benedict will be staying at castel gandolfo. it's been a retreat for popes for several centuries now. a monastery in the vatican garden is being renovated as a permanent home for him it's a 8,600 square fight complex. renovations have been in the works since november and expected to be completed in the spring. his longtime housekeepers will join him. our special edition of "early start," the pope's last day continues right now. >> our special coverage continues right here on cnn. >>> history in the making. pope benedict xvi about to carry out the last chaj of his papacy meeting one by one with the cardinals who will choose his successor and he might be face-to-face with the next pope in just a few minutes on this last day on the throne of st. peter. good morning. welcome to this special edition of "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. we'd like to welcome our viewers from around the world on cnn international. it's the top of the hour, thursday, february 28th. we are witnessing history in the making. no one alive has ever seen a sitting pope step down. >> it is
and will take on a different relevance today. so the car is traveling right now. we just watched pope benedict leave the vatican. there they are moving along. >> straight to the helicopter is where they're headed. let's go to christiane amanpour and father irwin who are in rome right now sort of in the middle of all of that clapping and celebrating we just saw, christiane. >> reporter: indeed. and off he goes in that car, as you said, at a pretty brisk clip. he's going to the helipad which i'm told is at the vatican train station, if you can believe it and you know better than i that there is a vatican train station. he'll get on the helicopter and go. i just came from the north american college where i interviewed cardinal dolan about half an hour ago and he said, cardinal dolan, that him and many of the other cardinals, the american elected cardinals who are going to be staying there are going to go up to the roof to see if they can see the helicopter taking off. we've already seen cardinal turkson of ghana has joined the twitter revolution and he himself from the top of st. peter's behind m
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of february, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the newshour tonight, we have the latest on the surprise announcement, and we assess benedict's legacy and the challenges ahead for the catholic church. >> woodruff: then we get an update on the search for the fugitive police officer wanted for murder from los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. >> suarez: elizabeth brackett of wttw-chicago has the story of a dramatic drop in the water level of lake michigan, endangering the economies of towns along the shore. >> if i had been walking along this beach in 1984, the water would have been almost a foot over my head. >> woodruff: on the daily download, christina bellantoni examines what it means to "like" someone-- or something-- on facebook. >> suarez: and jeffrey brown talks with novelist brad meltzer about his new book, writing thrillers, and his research into presidential assassins. >> if you lo
some even made the pope laugh as he reached out to them. and in just a couple hours, benedict will depart the vatican for the last time as pope. he will take off from the helipad just behind the st. peter's basilica there. and vatican television cameras will follow the journey, live, robin. >> what history you're witnessing, george. you're going to be there all morning long, live. >>> and here, with josh, sam, bianna in for lara. we have a full morning here in new york as well. we are going to bring you the latest encouraging headlines for your wallet. the dow surging near record highs. bianna's going to bring us that. >>> and how about this? the hairstylist at war over a fortune. the co-workers said they bought the ticket as a group. one of them claimed the whole prize for herself. and that would never happen here. >> mostly never. >> full morning ahead. >>> of course, let's go back, now, to george in rome. george? >> and it is just a glorious day here, robin. sunny, warm. almost spring-like. those cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informa
today it had not seen since the 15th century: a sitting pope, benedict xvi, announced he is giving up the papacy. the news reverberated around the globe and stunned many of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. >> it was a big surprise because this doesn't happen all the time. and my first reaction was to pray and to call my friends, texted my friends and asked even my non-catholic and nonbelieving friends to keep us in their thoughts and in their prayers. >> i had never heard anything like this in my life. the pope has to be there until he dies. and he is resigning? >> popes can't resign. this hasn't happened in 600 years. a pope can't resign. this news isn't right. >> suarez: a pope abdicated in 1294 but the last pontiff to do so was gregory 12th in 1415. pope benedict's decision at age 85 came in an announcement made in latin during a meeting of cardinals at the vatican. >> dear brothers, i have called you not only for the three can onizations but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the church. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, becau
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>> his body is frail. pope benedict celebrates ash wednesday mass. today the rubble in syria reveals surprises. president obama goes out on the road. how much can he achieve? welcome to our viewers. pope benedict issued a stern warning. at ash wednesday, the pontiff was interrupted repeatedly by applause. and it will step down at the end of february. >> on ash wednesday catholics remember the body is mortal. this is the last mass he will celebrate as pope. they had to remove the service from a much smaller church in rome. a measure of how deeply this has moved to the faithful. whatever he says will carry enormous symbolic significance. it will be a kind of legacy statement. will this influence retire with him? he will live inside this former monastery. is there a danger his presence will undermine the credibility or legitimacy of his successor? will there be two popes in the vatican. this morning crowds gathered for the usual wednesday audience, among them a party of schoolchildren. >> it is quite an honor, especially since one of the last coverings. it is quite special to be
benedict xvi says he is resigning and is the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. we'll tell you why this comes as a surprise. well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show then, by george, that's all we watched. and we liked it! today's kids got it so good. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 1 year when you bundle tv and internet. rethink possible. >> [ pope speaking latin ] >> stunning news from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. >> it's the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. >> his health. the last pope to freely resign was in the 13th century. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> stars and surprises on music's biggest night of the year. >> no bare breasts, no thongs, no see-through clothing but apparently, not everyone got the memo. >> as you can see, i read the memo. >> more than 200,000 people are still without power in the northe
's square for pope benedict's final public audience this morning before the resignation becomes official tomorrow. we are covering it all from rome for you. >> good morning. it was absolutely a historic day in rome. 600 years since the last pope decided to say goodbye and that is what pope benedict did telling 100,000 people that the church had joy and light but he also admitted it has had difficult times. >> the final audience and farewell to the faithful, pope benedict xvi last public speech. never he has had such a big crowd. >> the church has had joy and light, he says. it also has had difficult moments. the crowd arrived from all over the world. three students from santa barbara were there. >> such a monumental time. no pope has resigned the way he has done. it is something we have to see. >> tomorrow, pope benedict will retire to rare and meditation, and this will be captured live by 26 vatican cameras. the spectators are full of devotion but pope poe leaves behind a catholic church concerned by corruption and scandal and cronyism. the final meetings were with the cardinal would wr
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. >>> and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the ne
. >>> 5:25. breaking news out of the vatican. pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> resignation, we'll tell you why religious leaders say they saw this coming. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> a fun night at the grammys in los angeles. plus a fashion first. which stars tried to skirt around this year's strict dress code. that and more when we come back. >>> pope speaking latin ] >> stunning news from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. >> it's the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. >> because of his health. >> the last pope to freely resign was in the 13th century. >> stars and surprises on music's biggest night of the year. >> no bare breasts, no thongs, no see through clothing but not everyone got the memo. >> as you can see, i read the memo. >> more than 200,000 people are still without power in the northeast after a winter storm dumped up to 3 feet of snow this weekend. >> a million-dollar reward for an ex-lapd cop on a rampage. >> help us to find dorner before he is able to kill again. >> head on with you? >> it could have b
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28, the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it, to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar award is now being offered for t
of thousands of roman catholics are at the vatican this morning for benedict's last general audience as pope. >> the historic transition before benedict's formal resignation tomorrow. it's wednesday, february 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. history is in the making at st. peter's square as the pope officially retires tomorrow and that's coming up in our top story. on top of that, we'll turn to northern texas where a 16-year-old driver with a stuck accelerator pedal managed to avoid crash after crash. the panicky situation with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. lucky is an understatement. >> wow. >>> also this morning, the debate over working at the office or working from home. after a surprising order from the top corporate executive. where are you the most productive? >> would you do this show from home if you could? >> in a heartbeat. actually, i do live here. >> feels like we do. >> we're here every night. >>> coming up later this half hour, chris brown and rihanna's relationship has been on and off.
wrong before on the pope. but the pope, mika, why don't you confirm. >> pope benedict is going to be stepping down as head of the catholic church. he apparently made this statement within the past few hours in latin. during a small canonization event saying he doesn't have the strength anymore. once again, pope benedict will be resigning as head of the catholic church. we'll have much more on this story as the details come in. we are told that this will be happening fairly rapidly. >> they're talking about february the 28th. that he'll be stepping down. and of course, it was pope benedict who stepped in and became pope after pope john paul ii, the iconic pope of the 20th century, stepped down. of course, pope john paul ii had been pope since 1979. and so, of course, his impact felt not only in the religious world but also the political world. pope benedict, though, never really, of course, given the chance to emerge from the shadows. and it seems that for a good bit of his time, he was dogged by allegations that came through the child abuse scandal throughout certainly before h
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coalition said only that it's investigating. pope benedict the sixteenth was greeted with cheers today, at his final public mass before stepping down. the 85-year-old pontiff celebrated ash wednesday services at st. peter's basilica at the vatican, marking the start of lent. we have a report from james mates of "independent television news." >> reporter: it was not quite a rock star's welcome, but was not far short of it as thousands of pilgrims crowded into the audience hall at the vatican for pope benedict's first public appearance since announcing his resignation. as he tried to speak, he was drowned out by applause, finally managing to thank them and the wider catholic world for their sympathy and understanding. >> (translated): i have decide renounce the gift the lord gave me. i decided to do this after praying far long time and examining my conscience in front of god. >> reporter: all way dorr shippers have been queues for events in the vatican, culminating with this evening's mass in st. peter's basilica. ash wednesday-- the first day of lent-- is anyway one of the catholic chur
the middle ages. >> pope benedict has never seemed entirely comfortable in front of crowds, even one as adoring as this one. the vatican said they expected 50,000. it was four or five times that. >> it means the world to me. i grew up catholic. it is huge, monumental. this great event that is taking shape in our church, this is the main reason why i'm here today. >> it was a long and physically demanding event for a man whose frailty is now all too evident. emotional ands personal. and he referred to the controversies that have dogged his pontificate. he said the church had faced stormy weather. it had seemed at times that the lord was sleeping. was elected pope in eight years ago, he said, he surrendered his looked -- his right to a private life, and there could be no going back. i am not, he said, abandoning the cross. to prayt each of you for me and for the new pope. >> this is the last time the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedicta will be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. there will soon be t
. savannah? >> al, thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, bone addict xvi, roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, they g he will have to switch to brown shoes. he will wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in the newspaper sunday that o'brien denied. monday, pope benedict o
shocking news really out of the vatican. pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of the month. these are live pictures right now from the vatican. you can see many people gathering there on the plaza. benedict is the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is tracking this morning's developments. >> reporter: good morning. a papal spokesperson says he expects the church to be without a leader for as brief a period at possible. pope benedict xvi made the announcement this morning he is resigning from his position as head of the catholic church effective at the end of the month saying he is too old and too weak to continue so he made the decision to step down. one of his biggest tasks as pope was to oversee the church's response to the priest sexual abuse scandal. he issued a public apology for people being abused at the hands of the clergy and said the church made serious mistakes in responding to allegations. >> i think he's brought a certain stability to the church in the light of the crisis of the sex
the crowd to pray for the next pope who will be selected a few weeks after pope benedict steps down. >>> wikileaks founder is trying an unusual method of avoiding prosecution. he's running for office. he believes that if he wins, the u.s. would drop its espionage investigation against him. he is accused of sex crimes in sweden. he's currently in london england where he was granted asylum. >>> a man charged with slapping a toddler on an airplane is out of a job this morning. >> he was let go, agc aerospace has announced that joe huntley is no longer employed. the idaho man is charged with slapping a 2-year-old toddler and calling him a racial slur during a recent delta flight. >> i could not believe that he would say something like that, and to a baby, or about a baby, and then to hit him was just, i felt like i was in another world. i was shaking. >> this former employer called the allegations "offensive and disturbing ." his lawyer says he will plead not guilty to the assault charges. >>> it's koby versus lebron, the east takes on the west in t
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
emotional hearing later on in the show. >>> meantime, pope benedict got pretty personal and emotional in his public farewell today before tens of thousands packed into st. peters square. look at this. he said the catholic church is passing through stormy seas and said his tenure had difficult times. went to quote him, the lord seemed to sleep. pope benedict said he suffered over his decision to resign which will take effect tomorrow. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and i ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> he left his glass-topped popemobile waving to the cheering crowd, kissing some babies. it was an unusually candid speech from a pope often considered aloof and reserved. our chief international correspondent and anchor christiane amanpour joins me live from rome. christiane, were you surprised by pope benedict's personal message? >> reporter: well, yes, because a lot of people had said he would say prayers and perhaps he might have a little bit of a personal message interspersed because this would be his final general audience. but in fact, th
. today, though, the day for pope benedict. >> that's right. his moment to say good-bye, really. this was the last time we will see him in the flesh, here at the vatican. tomorrow, we'll see him on television. but most of it will take place behind the vatican walls. 50,000 tickets for this event, standing room only crowd. and for a pope who is famously reserved, it counts as an emotional farewell. they came today by the thousands to say good-bye. pope benedict gave them an up-close look, moving through the crowds in the popemobile. he even stopped to kiss a baby. the first pope since the middle ages to step down, smiling today, as he took it all in one last time. the crowd got to their feet and gave him a long standing ovation. today, he looked thin and frail as he addressed the faithful, referring back to the day eight years ago when he first appeared on that balcony. in that moment, he said, i felt like st. peter with the apostles in the boat on lake galilee. referring to that iconic gospel scene right over the entrance of st. peter's basilica. benedict noted that, at times, t
looming over the final days of pope benedict's eight-year long reign. one of britain's top roman catholics says the highest ranking catholic in the united kingdom, kooechleith o'brien voluntarily stepped down after he was accused of "inappropriate acts" by priests. he was not forced out. pope benedict will keep the title, his holiness when he retired and also called pontiff emeritus. i imagine nobody has ever really needed that title before. >> you are absolutely right. here i am near vatican swrar where they are handing out 50,000 tickets, putting up the risers and loud speakers. many catholics are expected to come here. you are absolutely right. this is an unprecedented situation. never in recent memory a pope emeritus. all of the details will need to be worked out. he will wear a simple white cossick after he steps down. in the meantime, the vatican has been in damage control mode. it wants to get past the scandals which have colored the beginning of this week. we know also you mentioned cardinal o'brien, he will not be coming, it is unprecedented that a cardinal will not come here to t
. pope benedict xvi will continue to wear white and when he steps counsel be the first to do so in hundreds of years. >>> they are due to vote in moving ahead with the confirmation of senator chuck hagel. after stalling the nomination for 12 days, late last night they said they would stop delaying the vote. if he is elected, he will replace leon panetta just days before massive cuts are due to hit the pentagon. >>> the building is at peer 27 and it will be the america's cup headquarters starting next month. this $90 million project will include arrays village, -- a race village and a place to dock all starting next year and ribbon cutting is set for early this morning. >> there are problems with the commute you should be aware of. and also the motorcycle crash is causing a big backup? >>> they are showing us a huge backup which has resulted in the two lanes being closed for a while and southbound is backed up out of hayward, the accident was near stevenson and the traffic is slow so if you are driving into the area you need to give yourself extra time and just getting onto the f
today. a spokesman says the cardinals who will choose a successor to pope benedict xvi could meet sooner than first planned. the vatican says the date could move up with all the cardinals are in rome. 117 cardinals, 67 appointed by pope benedict himself, will choose his replacement after he steps down on february 28th. >>> in california, authorities say it appears cop killer christopher dorner took his own life, making good on his vow he would not be taken alive. autopsy results show dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head. dental records confirm the body found in the basement of that burned out cabin was dorner's. more on that week-long manhunt and who gets the million-dollar reward. >>> half a world away, authorities are investigating the murder of a top model found dead valentine's day at the home of her boyfriend, oscar pistorius. pistorius sobbed uncontrollably as he was charged with premeditated murder in the death of reeva steenkamp. charges that he denies. pistorius is in jail. family members say he is numb with grief and shock. steenkamp is starring in a reality show
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
benedict the '60s has made his first public appearance since a shocking announcement that he is stepping down as the head of the catholic church. >> daughter is a faithful flooded to the vatican today to see the pope. he thanked them in several languages and said he does not have the strength required to carry on. >> the vatican insisted no serious medical ailment was behind decision, though he had meant for the first time that the pope has had a pacemaker for years, and recently had the batterers replaced. kennedy also celebrate and ash wednesday mass marking the beginning thelent. >> coming oup on the kron 4 morning news pittsburgh police i'm is getting an overnight officer of shooting. a live report is coming up at 5:31 a.m.. burgeon america is offering a new nonstop service out of san francisco that at 5:40 a.m.. plus, a bay area surgeon that the sec charges--sex charges surgeon that the sec charges--sex charges involving a miwell, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. a
a little church. >> feel it going through your veins. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s.
: the vatican is on the defense this morning. it denies claim from italian media that pope benedict decided to resign after getting a report from cardinals in december outlining corruption and homosexuality in the vatican. >> the pope's resignation takes effect on thursday. at a vatican news conference, we deseed that he started to move up the process of -- dear decided to move up the -- decided to move up the process of electing a new pope. the vatican today denied claims the pope is resigning under these claims. >> i don't worry they are being taken in by it. >> three cardinals authored the pope. the pope read this report in december and considered releasing it to other cardinals but instead the word is from the vatican he's putting it back in the papal abeat its waking the next pope's review. keith o'brien from scotland is being forced into early resignation. all of this is happening as california's 11 million catholics observe lent. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> peninsula state assemblyman jerry hill is calling for an audit of the state public utilities com
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